1. Management is an inter-disciplinary, applied field, which draws heavily on principles, concepts and terminologies from basic disciplines. An understanding of these disciplines provides the professional with scientifically valid concepts and principles, a mode of scientific enquiry and an awareness of the consequences of one’s actions. These basic disciplines thus form the `Foundation’ of management.
2. There are certain `Core’ processes within the organization, which require basic knowledge of how people perform work and use information for decision-making and how organisations make choices in the context of environmental factors.
3. The knowledge of business functions is necessary for decision-making and problem solving. These are called `Applied’ subjects, which are in turn classified as `Functional’ and `Integrative’. Functional subjects help students to understand processes in Finance, Marketing, Operations, Human Resources and International Trade. The integrative subjects help students look at all aspects of management processes in the whole organization system, to enable corporate strategies to be devised.
4. Forces outside the direct control of the organisation, but having an impact on the organisation, are categorised as ‘Environmental’ subjects. At this level, issues relating to the individual outside the organisation are also included.
Social Sector Projects
The social sector project is a learning experience for students in appreciating the value addition achieved by the social organisations under adverse conditions. These projects bring them in touch with new type of constraints and processes. Thinkers like Drucker feel, the corporate world has much to learn from the experiences of the social organisations. The main idea is to expose students to the experience of dignity of labour and self-regulation. The students work on and off the campus and are free to decide the programme of work.Under the guidance of the faculty, the students recently conducted a survey, on the bus drivers of the local public transport company of Pune (PMPML). The quick survey methodology technique was used for this survey.
Every year students come forward to plan and organise guest lectures on topical and emergent issues of relevance to Indian industry.
Leading practitioners from Industry and Consulting participate in these guest lectures to provide a rich array of viewpoints. Students get a chance to discuss with the speakers in the formal forum and outside. Besides they also get a good exposure to the nitty-gritty of organising such functions.
These have proved useful for both students and practitioners, and also helped upgrade curriculum.
Self Driven Learning System
Students develop their own habits of study, based on the past experience of examination systems. The attitude sometimes is to equate learning with clearing of examinations.
This attitude is not conducive to Lifelong Education, which is now of vital importance to all professions. Continuing Education requires that the person takes responsibility to learn and develop into own hands. At IMDR, we encourage students to pay Special attention to learning skills and habits. They begin to recognise different types of learning resources around them and make good use of them. Students are also encouraged to master techniques of independent study and information search. These are extremely useful in carrying out assignments, which are a part of the course work. Students regard learning experience of assignments very highly in terms of both the content and the methodology.
As students move more into the self-driven learning mode, the nature of classroom interaction changes to a discussionand-interaction mode, giving more room for students’ points of view for more subtle and finer points of the curriculum.